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Hello my mastiff had to have surgery to remove kidney stones from his bladder and penis. Now he refuses to eat dog food. We had him on blue buffalo grain free with our other dogs and he eats 12 cups a day, well before his surgery. Now he will only eat fresh cooked meals with raw veggies. He has lost 25 pounds so we and our vet are just trying to get him eating again. He was in hospital for two weeks recovering and wouldn't eat much there either. So we are thinking of switching all of the dogs to fresh cooked meals daily but we are wondering what  the new diet should contain? Thank you

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A good site that explains what sort of raw diet should be fed to a dog with bladder stones is  https://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/bladder-stones-crystals/  

Here's how to start a raw-food diet: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Raw-Food-Diet-for-Dogs

You might find a raw feeding email list helpful; the people there will probably have several diets they can share with you: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/K9Nutrition/

Also, Blue Buffalo has been caught lying about by-product meal in its foods: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/purina-a-year-to-the-day-after-being-sue

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Karen Brittan

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I have been showing miniature schnauzers in conformation, obedience, and earthdog for forty years, and am a professional dog groomer. I am not a veterinarian and cannot answer questions of a veterinary nature. However, I can give my opinion or share some experiences on some health issues. Everyone should remember that this is a volunteer service, and few of us are up late into the night. Medical emergencies require a veterinary visit, or at least a telephone call... not an internet question which might not be viewed and answered until hours later. If your dog is sick or injured, it should be seen by a licensed professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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I have taught obedience classes and have taught people how to groom for many years.

Learn more about me and my dogs: http://britmorschnauzers.com

Organizations
Member of: American Miniature Schnauzer Club; Twin Cities Miniature Schnauzer Club; Twin Cities Obedience Training Club; Elk River Kennel Club; Minnesota Professional Pet Groomers Association; Greater Twin Cities Earthdog Club.

Education/Credentials
Fifty-one years of living with, observing, and training dogs, along with numerous seminars during that time.

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